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Published: Friday August 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday August 1, 2014 MYT 10:16:36 AM

Food vs Food: Restaurant chains with the most calorific dishes

The Cheesecake Factory's Bruleed French Toast tops the Xtreme Eating Awards list. - cspinet.org

The Cheesecake Factory's Bruleed French Toast tops the Xtreme Eating Awards list. - cspinet.org

Cheesecake Factory scores a hat trick in 2014 Xtreme Eating Awards.

The Cheesecake Factory won three awards in the 2014 edition of the Xtreme Eating Awards, an annual ranking that discerns the richest menu items in popular US restaurant chains, revealing calorie, fat and sodium content.

The chain’s 2,780-calorie custard-soaked, butter syrup-laden Bruléed French Toast topped the chain’s hat-trick list with its 93g of saturated fat, 2,230mg of sodium and 24 teaspoons of sugar.

If that sounds like weight gain on a plate, it was the richest of the Cheesecake Factory offerings, but not of the entire contest, making it a modest year for the chain, which usually takes the cake.

(The Cheesecake Factory also made it to last year’s Xtreme Eating Awards with its Bistro Shrimp Pasta which – looking deceptively healthy – weighed in at 3,120 calories, 89g of saturated fat and 1,090mg sodium.)

Red Robin's A1 peppercorn burger. – Red Robin

The richest meal was a Red Robin Gourmet Burgers menu option that includes its “Monster Sized” A1 Peppercorn burger, Bottomless Steak Fries and Monster Salted Caramel Milkshake, all of which totals 3,540 calories, 69g of saturated fat and 6,280mg of sodium.

Total added sugar content was estimated at 38 teaspoons by Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which developed the awards in 2007 to raise public consciousness about healthy eating.

Between Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for having the richest meal and Cheesecake Factory for having three of its dishes on the prize list, CSPI didn’t discern an official winner, for the idea of the contest is above all intended as a public service.

A complete list of calorie-laden winners is available at cspinet.org. – AFP Relaxnews

Here's a look at another burger from Red Robin: 'Finest Smoke & Pepper Signature Burger'. It's not the one on this year's Xtreme Eating Awards list, but it gives an idea of what goes into the chain restaurant's dishes.

Tags / Keywords: Xtreme Eating Awards, Cheesecake Factory

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